Strengthened and walking in the name of the Lord

bicep-stretchesZechariah 10:12: And I will strengthen them in Jehovah; and they shall walk in his name, saith Jehovah.

Do you sense any area of weakness within yourself, some sense of incompleteness, something missing? You think you have missed some opportunities and are ruing your missed chances? Maybe you think you have suffered what you think may be an irredeemable loss.

David was in such a position after he and his team had their homes ran over by a marauding band of Amalekites, who took their wives and children. It was a down time for him. He was in his ground zero, and his men were ready to stone him, being an easy target for their anger (1Samuel 30:1-20).

However in the midst of all these, the bible records that David strengthened himself in the Lord. He looked to the Lord in the midst of that mess to show us the kind of great man he was.  Rather than shut down and look for someone to blame, he looked up. He looked to God and He became the source of his strength, no wonder in many places in the book of psalm, he wrote: the Lord is my strength. He wrote that the Lord is the one who teaches his hand to war so that a bow of steel is broken by my hands (Psalm 18).

Paul admonished that we should be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might (Ephesians 6:10-18). You can come weak but by the application of the oil of the spirit, your healing will manifest and being fed on the word, you get spiritually energised.

And there is spiritual training in the use the tools of prayer and word to get results in our lives, skills can be developed in the use of the sword of the spirit which is the word of God.  The bible says that “they” looked   unto God and their faces were enlightened and they were not put to shame (Psalm 34:1-6). Also people look to Jesus for healing with amazing results, as myriads of people who experienced his healing touch in his lifetime would testify.

After fire came down on the altar through the ministry of Elijah, in his confrontation with the prophets of Baal, he told King Ahab to be quick to get to Samaria and he got on his chariot, but when the hand of God came upon Elijah, on foot he outran Ahab (1Kings 18:1-19:8).

But Elijah got to a place of weakness in his life, running away from Jezebel. When he got to a certain place, angels brought him food from heaven, which he ate and went in the strength of that meal forty days on a journey to the mountain of God. That was unquantifiable strength from heaven, divine energy.

The apostles thought that they were strong, each of them saying that they would not leave Jesus no matter what, but eventually they were scattered from him (Mark 14:26-50). It was only after they were strengthened by the Holy Spirit that they received strength. Then they did not back down in the face of any opposition for the sake of Christ as witnessed in the book of Acts.

From the writing of Paul, we learn that God wants us to be strengthened with might, by his Spirit in our inner man (Ephesians 3:14-16). Inner strength is the testimony of all whom walk with God. With amazing inner strength, Paul was recognised as having turned the whole world upside down (Acts 17:6).

We are supposed to be strong in faith. Jesus sometimes rebuked his disciples for being of little faith (Matthew 8:26, 16:8), but of Abraham it was said that we was not weak in faith; he was strong in faith praising God (Romans 4:16-21). That faith-strength turned to actually strength in his body, because faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).

What about walking in the name of the Lord which is also stated in the focus verse? To walk in the name of the Lord is to function by his authority. When Jesus was leaving the earth after his resurrection he said that in his name we would cast of demons, heal the sick and we would speak with new tongues (Mark 16:15-18).

He also said that if we asked anything in his name, he would give us (John 14:12-14). His name gives us access to the treasure rooms of heaven, where there is excess of everything for everybody;  he has called us to walk in his name, and making disciples of the nations (Matthew 28:18-20).

As mentioned earlier, Paul wrote that we should be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might, adding that we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood but against spiritual wickedness etc. Once we are strengthened then we can have a walk of victory. Daniel wrote that those whom know their God will be strong and do exploit (Daniel 11:32b). To know the Lord is to know his name, to be familiar with his attributes and that will determine how we walk, how we would carry ourselves.

In the book of psalms we read that the fool has said in his heart that there is no God; this is why they do bad things (Psalm 14:1).  They are not strong in the Lord, so they walk in sin by default. Jesus, as we read, chose the twelve apostles to be with him and afterwards go minister, preaching the gospel and casting out devils in his name (Mark 3:13-15). They were first strong in him before they walk in his name, to execute his counsel.

The revelation of Christ is not merely to add a feather to our cap but to cause us to walk rightly before him. God told to Abraham, “I am the almighty God, walk before me and be perfect.” He revealed his name to him and asked that he walk in the reality of that name (Genesis 17:1-18:15, 21:1-7).

Abram started walking in the name of the almighty; acting based on the reality of that name, speaking based on the reality of that name and his name was changed in the course of that to Abraham, father of multitudes. Though he had no child from his wife of donkey years, Sarah, that name delivered the reality of the almighty to them. And they had a child.

You cannot walk more than you have been strengthened. For David, God training him preceded his hand breaking a bow of steel.

To be sent is to begin to walk in the name of the Lord. Those sent by God on any assignment have the grace to function in the capacity assigned to them by God.

Jesus once asked his disciples: who do men say that he is (Matthew 16:13-19, Psalm 118:10-12)? They gave various answers. He then asked what they themselves call him.  Peter said that he is the Christ, the son of the living God and Jesus said that on that nomenclature the whole church will walk, so to speak. That name becomes the banner under which the church will match on and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.

 

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